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rolls out every 26 seconds at the plant.
Last week, the Hero management increased the wage hike offer to around R9,000 a month (average salary of R46,000) from its previous offer of a R7,500 hike, but has said that it will not go up any further. But the stalemate is likely to continue for longer as this new offer is still significantly below the R14,000-15,000 monthly wage hike that HMCWU, which represents around 1,200 permanent workers, has been demanding.
HMCWU has said that its salary hike offer needs to match the 50% wage hikes recently given to workers at both Maruti Suzuki and Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India’s nearby plants. Till now, Hero has been the region’s paymaster, but the recent wage revisions by other automakers in the Gurgaon-Manesar industrial belt may soon rob it of this title.
When contacted, a company spokesperson said, “As a company we have taken care of our employees very well and continue to remain benchmark of welfare and benefits practices.”
He added: “Our Union has committed to follow a path of discipline and good conduct. As we have stated earlier, we have been holding talks with the union representatives in the presence of the labour department to find a sustainable, steady and sensible wage settlement. We will continue to engage with the workers towards achieving this objective of reaching an amicable solution, without allowing ourselves to be coerced into irrational decisions. The need for maintaining discipline for ensuring productivity and quality targets cannot be overemphasised.”